LONG BEACH — Winter wasn’t quite finished on the south Washington coast after all. Snow flurries and slightly below freezing temperatures made streets and highways slick in Pacific County on Tuesday, following some earlier hints of wintery conditions over the weekend.
On Tuesday a winter weather advisory was issued for western Pacific County and a winter storm warning for eastern Pacific County. One to 4 inches of snow were predicted in the west through 9 p.m. Tuesday, with 3 to 8 inches in the Willapa Hills expected through 4 a.m. Wednesday. More snow is possible through Thursday, with overnight low temperatures remaining near freezing through early next week.
“The large scale atmospheric pattern is really locked into a super La Niña configuration with high pressure offshore and cool northerly flow over the NW,” University of Washington meteorologist Cliff Mass wrote Monday. “There are occasional disturbances moving southward in to the flow east of the upper level ridge of high pressure that will bring some occasional precipitation, and in some places, snow.”
Raymond, South Bend and Willapa Valley schools were closed Tuesday, along with many in Grays Harbor and Lewis counties. School was unaffected in south Pacific County, except that after-school transportation for activities was canceled by Ocean Beach School District.
Parents should monitor social media for possible school closures Wednesday. An updated list is available at www.flashalertseattle.net/closures-cats.html.
In Clatsop County, schools in Jewell and Knappa closed and Astoria opened two hours late Tuesday due to snow.